(This is a review of the audiobook.) Several people have complained about the narrator’s staccato deliver for thi
Alex’s Chinese Crested, AKA “PC.”
★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Several people have complained about the narrator’s staccato deliver for this series’ debut; however, I thought Emily Durante did a nice job. I also listen to audiobooks somewhere between 1.25 and 2.00 speed (This one I listened at 1.5 speed.) This book is First Person POV, and I felt Ms. Durante was Alex Craft, telling me her experiences. Sure, she doesn’t have a wide repertoire of voices and accents, but what she has gets the job done more than adequately. I’m glad to see she continues the series’ readings.
I just loved this book! Real Life got in the way of my devouring it in one sitting; however, I stayed up all night and finished it off the first chance I got. I don’t read a lot of Urban Fantasy (Historical Romance is my drug of choice). Nevertheless, I do keep up with most of the major ones, which have become my favorites: Mercy Thompson, The Dresden Files, Alpha & Omega, The Others, Immortals After Dark, Psy-Changling, Parasol Protectorate, Daughter of Smoke & Bone, & The Edge. They are certainly ones I have kept close on my “anticipation” pile. This series is definitely going in that section of my bookshelf, too. In fact, I've already downloaded the next book.
Alex Craft came across as very “real” to me. Well, as real as a witch in fairy land can be. She tough, but not Rambo Kick-Ass tough. Very likable. The pace of the story and the mystery held my attention, along with the futuristic world atmosphere where magic is recognized. Also, I'm NOT one for love triangles, but there is a hint of one here, and it is very well done; it doesn’t come across as a YA or NA book at all....more
(This is a review of the audiobook.) I haven't heard the narrator, David Chandler, read before. At first, neither he nor the book grabbed me. I mean,★★★★½ (This is a review of the audiobook.) I haven't heard the narrator, David Chandler, read before. At first, neither he nor the book grabbed me. I mean, I was interested, but not captivated. That changed as the book progressed! Looking forward to listening to him narrate the rest of this series, as he certainly became Joe Pickett to me.
Excellent start to the series. Nice slow build, that comes to a believable and satisfying conclusion. Sure, at times, I knew where the story was going, but there were certainly some surprises. And my heart was in my throat more than once. I was on the edge of my seat by the end. I've already downloaded the next in the series.
(This is a review of the audiobook.) Nicely narrated by Lauren Fortgang, who has done all but one book in this series. She has a nice cadence for the★★★★✩ (This is a review of the audiobook.) Nicely narrated by Lauren Fortgang, who has done all but one book in this series. She has a nice cadence for the story-line, emotions, and dialogues.
While this is a predictable contemporary romance story, it is nice, when I'm doing my household chores, to listen to something that isn't too heavy. Nothing new here, but it is always nice to return to the Kolwalski Family, as I know the characters so well. I was really looking forward to Josh’s story. He’s the brother who has been stuck at the family ski lodge while the others have gone out into the world to discover themselves. To tell the truth, I was expecting a bit more for him. Though I knew it would end the way it did - it had to, didn’t it? - I still would have liked to have seen (view spoiler)[ Katie take a risk with him and at least go off on a short term adventure trip. I wished she’d had a bit of an adventurous spirit, like him. (hide spoiler)]
Rose’s romance was a bit of a surprise, but I think we had hints of it in a previous book? Or am I imagining things?["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>...more
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Rating: (This is a review of the audiobook.) With one exception, I liked Noah Michael Levin
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Rating: ★★★★☆ (This is a review of the audiobook.) With one exception, I liked Noah Michael Levine’s narration. He is a good storyteller, his pacing for the fight scenes are great, and he delivers the humor nicely. However, I didn't like the way he did the hero’s voice. I lay some of that at the feet of the author, not necessarily the narrator. The hero, Rand T’Ash, speaks in an abrupt, gruff, staccato delivery. Kind of like Tarzan saying, “You Jane, me Tarzan.”
T’Ash’ cat familiar, Zanith “Zam” Foxhill, who communicates telepathically, has a similar delivery; but not as deep, and more cartoonish. While I found the cat funny, I didn’t like it in the hero. Though, to play devil’s advocate, it makes sense, since he grew up on the streets, even if he is a Nobel. If I didn’t need the book for a team challenge, I probably wouldn’t have continued. I did get used to it, but it wasn’t until about 3/4ths of the way through! NML does great with the story, the secondary characters, and pretty good with the women’s voices.
I give kudos to the author for an imaginative, futurist world, enchanted with Celtic magic, jewelry, and weapons. Intriguing. She doesn’t spend a lot of time on the world-building or community; indeed, I could have used a bit more. I relied on my knowledge of the Celtic culture to fill-in the gaps.
I did enjoy T’Ash; he’s a complex blend of too-macho testosterone overload verses a tender, lonely, and giving male. He is so looking forward to finding his heart-mate, but hasn’t a clue how to go about courting her when she backs away. (One does not have to accept the Heart Bond.) In fact, his awkward efforts are quite humorous. I really enjoyed how T’Ash helps Danith Mallow, the heroine, find her flair (psychic talent), and I’ll save what it is for your discovery.
While I liked her, Danith’s not my favorite heroine, being a bit wishy-washy. But again, this is due to the continuing series of misunderstandings between the main characters the author implements.
I still haven’t made up my mind if I’ll continue with the series. Right now, I’ve OD’d on Sci-Fi Romances. Though... the next in the series looks good!...more